It's quite a design mix

It's quite a design mix

It is a very exciting time for the design industry and in response to the fast and fluid lives, we celebrate the new exploration by creating the unexpected. We are seeing lots of blending and experimenting as designers play with new morphs in styles mixing old and new like vintage
meets tribal.

Opposing styles are being thrown together in funky new products, geometric and layered patterns are also prominent. From lush gold and copper tray tables in living rooms to textured rugs, everything seems slightly over the top. Lace and velvet are likely to make a comeback. The colour palette for the next year includes shades of 'royal purple' and is likely to gain momentum fast as we can already find hues of violet and plum in living rooms and bedrooms.

Choosing new furniture is an exciting task but is also a big investment, so it's worth doing your research first to ensure the furniture you choose fits seamlessly into your home, both size-and style-wise. Avoid clutter by investing in multi-tasking pieces of furniture such as extendable tables, foldaway chairs and clever storage solutions.

The living room is a space you'll be spending a lot of time enjoying. So, you'll want to create a relaxing retreat to sit back and unwind after a long day. From chic coffee tables and side tables to inviting sofas and stylish bookcases, a wide selection of furniture will instantly make your living room feel homely and inviting. The new bedroom furniture collection will allow you to create the sleeping space you've always wanted.

If you're in need of a home-office revamp, there are lots of workplace furniture options. We're talking stylish desks, office chairs and that all-important office storage, working together to create a productivity-boosting environment. In a bigger space, you can get away with large statement pieces and dark wooden furniture, adding a touch of drama to your decor.

Your furniture choices will also depend on your individual taste. Vintage-inspired furniture with dark wood finishes and ornate detailing will suit a more traditional interior scheme, whereas if you prefer contemporary minimalist interiors, then white furniture and light oak pieces coupled with clean, minimal shapes will help you achieve this aesthetic.

The purpose of interior styling is that often people have an eye for design and a nice selection of interiors items in their home but do not know how to put it all together cohesively or how to maximise the space and style. This is where stylists succeed. Some stylists also try their hand in property staging.

This is something that is relatively new to the market and where interior stylists can really see benefits from their work. Interior designers can also be interior stylists and can style their own projects in a way that they have visualised it. They are known within the industry for their glamorous approach and amazing knowledge of locally as well as internationally sourced furniture and accessories which aid in enhancing the vocabulary of the spaces.

Shami Goregaoker
(Design Director, GA design

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